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A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions,
Do well and right, and let the world sink.
HERBERT—Country Parson. Ch. XXIX.
3 Let thy mind still be bent, still plotting, where, And when, and how thy business may be done. Slackness breeds worms; but the sure traveller, Though he alights sometimes still goeth on. HERBERT— Temple. Church Porch. St. 57.
As a blessing or a curse, and mostly
Pt. II. A Village Church.
plished. The rest is yours. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.
Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt; Nothing's so hard but search will find it out.
HERRICK-Seek and Find.
With useless endeavour,
(See also OVID)
A man that's fond precociously of stirring
Must be a spoon. HoodMorning Meditations. 7
It is not book learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebræ which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies, do a thing —"carry a message to Garcia." ELBERT HUBBARD Carry a Message to Gar
cia. Philistine. March, 1900. (LIEUT. COL. ANDREW S. ROWAN carried the message to Garcia.)
Fungar vice cotis, acutum Reddere quæ ferrum valet, exsors ipsa secandi.
I will perform the function of a whetstone, which is able to restore sharpness to iron, though itself unable to cut. HORACE-Ars Poetica. 304.
(See also PROVERBS. XXVII) In medias res.
Into the midst of things.
That action which appears most conducive to the happiness and virtue of mankind. FRANCES HUTCHESON—A System of Moral
Philosophy. The General Notions of Rights,
and Laws Explained. Bk. II. Ch. III. Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds. SAMUEL JOHNSON—Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead! Act,-act in the living Present!
Heart within and God o'erhead.
LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life. Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Learn to labor and to wait.
(See also BYRON, under FATE) Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. LOWELL-Among my Books. Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.
(See also BAILEY, under ADVICE) 19
Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum.
Thinking that nothing was done, if anything remained to do. LUCAN-Pharsalia. II. 657.
Quelque éclatante que soit une action, elle ne doit pas passer pour grande, lorsqu'elle n'est pas l'effet d'un grand dessein.
However resplendent an action may be, it should not be accounted great unless it is the result of a great design. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 160.
So much one man can do,
Cromwell's Return from Ireland.
No action, whether foul or fair,
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew. VII. 12.
Ce qui est faict ne se peult desfaire.
What's done can't be undone.
(See also MACBETH) 5 Push on,-keep moving. THOMAS MORTON-Cure for the Heartache.
Act II. Sc. 1.
The iron ring is worn out by constant use.
From this moment, The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand. And even now, To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought
and done. Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 146.
But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where, to do harm, Is often laudable; to do good, sometime, Accounted dangerous folly.
Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 74.
22 What's done can't be undone. Macbeth. Act. V. Sc. 1.
(See also MONTAIGNE) 23 So smile the Heavens upon this holy act That after hours with sorrow chide us not!
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6. L. 1.
24 How my achievements mock me! I will go meet them.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 71.
Not always actions show the man; we find
POPE-Moral Essays. Epistle 1. L. 109.
10 Iron sharpeneth iron. Proverbs. XXVII. 17.
(See also HORACE) 11 So much to do; so little done. CECIL RHODES—Last words.
(See also TENNYSON) 12
Prius quam incipias consulto, et ubi consulueris mature facto opus est.
Get good counsel before you begin: and when you have decided, act promptly. SALLUST—Catilina. I.
Wer gar zu viel bedenkt, wird wenig leisten.
He that is overcautious will accomplish little. SCHILLER—Wilhelm Tell. III. 1. 72.
The sweet remembrance of the just
Tate and BRADY—Psalm 112. (Ed. 1695)
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant More learned than the ears.
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 75.
So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be. TENNYSON-In Memoriam. LXXII. 1.
(See also RHODES)
I profess not talking: only this,
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 92.
Theirs not to make reply,
TENNYSON—Charge of the Light Brigade. St. 2.
Dicta et facta.
Said and done. Done as soon as said. TERENCE—Eunuchus. 5. 4. 19.
For fools admire, but men of sense approve.
POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 391.
14 Season your admiration for awhile.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 192.
Actum ne agas.
Do not do what is already done. TERENCE–Phormio. II. 3. 72. 3
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of goodwill are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE
WASHINGTON Social Maxims. Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle this way or that.
WORDSWORTH–The Borderers. Act III. And all may do what has by man been done. YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VI. L. 611.
ADMIRATION "Not to admire, is all the art I know (Plain truth, dear Murray, needs few flowers
of speech) To make men happy, or to keep them so,"
(So take it in the very words of Creech) Thus Horace wrote we all know long ago;
And thus Pope quotes the precept to re-teach From his translation; but had none admired, Would Pope have sung, or Horace been inspired? BYRON-Don Juan. Canto V. 100. POPE
First Book of the Epistles of Horace. Ep. I.
No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life.
CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.
8 To admire nothing, (as most are wont to do;) Is the only method that I know, To make men happy, and to keep them so. THOMAS CREECH-Translation. Horace. I.
Ep. VI. 1. (See also BYRON)
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
For when they happen at a riper age,
And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm or woman's
rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deem'd so
weighty. BYRON— Don Juan. Canto XII. St. 50.
Heroes themselves had fallen behind! -Whene'er he went before.
GOLDSMITH-A Great Man.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. CARLYLE—Heroes and Hero Worship. Lec
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
Ecclesiastes. VIII. 14.
On dit que dans ses amours
to BERNARD DE LA MONNOYE. (Source of
When she has walk'd before.
We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 305.
Aromatic plants bestow
(See also ROGERS) 24 Thou tamer of the human breast, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!
GRAY-Hymn to Adversity. St. 1.
ADVERTISEMENT (See JOURNALISM, News)
Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose qui ne nous deplaist pas.
In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 99. (Ed. 1665.
Suppressed in 3rd ed. Quoted as old saying.)
ADVICE The worst men often give the best advice. Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. Evening. L. 917.
(See LOWELL, under ACTION)
A fop sometimes gives important advice.
Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet, To think how mony counsels sweet, How mony lengthened, sage advices, The husband frae the wife despises.
BURNS—Tam o' Shanter. L. 33.
Adversæ res admonent religionum.
Adversity reminds men of religion.
(See also GOLDSMITH) Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. SENECA–Lib. de Divina Providentia.
(See also SYDNEY SMITH) Gaudent magni viri rebus adversis non aliter, quam fortes milites bellis.
Great men rejoice in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war. SENECA-De Providentia. IV.
Sweet are the uses of adversity;
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. I. L. 12.
Dicen, que el primer consejo
They say that the best counsel is that of woman. CALDERON—El Médico de su Honra. I. 2.
19 Let no man value at a little price A virtuous woman's counsel; her wing'd spirit Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words. GEORGE CHAPMAN—The Gentleman Usher.
Act IV. Sc. 1.
A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity,
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 24.
'Twas good advice, and meant, “My son, be good.” GEORGE CRABBE—The Learned Boy. Vol. V.
Know when to speake; for many times it brings Danger to give the best advice to kings.
HERRICK—Caution in Councell.
His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 64.
Quidquid præcipies esto brevis.
Whatever advice you give, be short. HORACE-Ars Poetica. CCCXXXV.
Then know, that I have little wealth to lose;
We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim. 403.
In rebus asperis et tenui spe fortissima quæque consilia tutissima sunt.
In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest. LIVY-Annales. XXV. 38.
A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure. SYDNEY SMITH-Sermon on the Duties of the Queen. (1837)
(See also SENECA) 12 In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends.
SWIFT- On the Death of Dr. Swift.
No adventures mucho tu riqueza
Hazard not your wealth on a poor man's advice. MANUEL-Conde Lucanor.
Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia ægrotis damus.
We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick. TERENCE-Andria. II. 1. 9.
C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, à qui n'en à que faire.
The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them. MONTAIGNE—Essays. III. 1.
3 Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.
Take the first advice of a woman and not the second. GILBERTUS COGNATUS NOXERANUS—Sylloge.
See J. J. GRYNÆUS-Adagia. P. 130. LANGIUS— Polyanthea Col. (1900) same sentiment. (Prends le premier conseil d'une
femme et non le second. French for same.) Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus, Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their
pains and are laughed to scorn. PHÆDRUS-Fabulæ. I. 25.
5 Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.
POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 578. In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs. XI. 14; XXIV. 6.
He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
Psalms. XVIII. 10.
For I dipt into the future far as human eye could
see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder
that would be; Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of
magic sails, Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down
with costly bales; Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there
rain'd a ghastly dew From the nations' airy navies grappling in the
central blue. TENNYSON—Locksley Hall. 117.
"Wal, I like flyin' well enough,"
Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 112.
When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 76.
10 Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often stilld my brawling discontent.
Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 8.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 3.
Darius was clearly of the opinion
"The birds can fly, an' why can't I? Must we give in,” says he with a grin, “That the bluebird an' phoebe are smarter 'n
we be?” TROWBRIDGE-Darius Green and his Flying